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A Well-Done, Pleasing Steak.. With A Bit Too Much Seasoning
Why are people hating this movie? Is it a Marvel bias, petulance toward Snyder, Affleck?
I went to this film really wanting to hate this movie. I have not been a fan of Snyder since Watchmen (which I loved, just not what followed), Affleck pisses me off with his "same person here - same person there" in nearly every film (barring several), and lets face it, Marvel has DC beat right? Ain't no way they getting' a comeback.
Regardless of what we say, I believe we all watched this film with at least a little expectation based on what we've been given by Marvel. MCU was created from the ground up, character-by-character. It worked. And it's still working. THAT is the problem with this film: it has entered a time when Marvel is king of the hill and they feel they have to catch up. THAT is why the movie may seem stuffed with content and characters (even though it honestly doesn't. I thought it flowed well and compensated enough with each character considering how many there were). THAT is why DC has already made this collaborative work with several major characters in their universe instead of doing one character at a time. They feel they have to grab our attention, and grab it hard. Separate films could do that yes, but not as well as this bang. Tell me this, if they did it the same as Marvel, would it be just as thrilling as back then? Or is this new, different, fresh?
Anyway, I digress. The film was quite good. Cinematography beautiful (if a bit melodramatic) as always with Snyder. The plot was thought out intentionally, doing what it came to do, and the script was (thankfully) not trash. (Those trailers scared me a little with all those super-dramatic Irons lines, man. I love Irons, but he does play those types of roles.) Affleck surprised me. A lot. His BW is the best I have seen, mainly because he has more room than ever BE Wayne and not just "rich-playboy-idiot". His batman is closer to the comic in this universe with all the awesome gadgets, but, again, he is killing peeps. Best explain that crap (yes I know he couldn't have done jack against those dudes unless he killed them, but dang, must integrity die more and more in my characters?).
Two things I really drew a line on: Luther and Doomsday. To me this film looks like it wants to be very canon on the comics, at least as much as movies can be. This Luther is not what I remember from the cb's. Which is fine, I simply hold the opinion that Eisenburg's interpretation is unnecessary. No, it doesn't take away from the plot, but it adds a sense of.. miscalculation. It's the over-seasoning of my rib-eye yo. Now, Doomsday. A little soon don't you think, Snyder, for such a freakin big deal? That is all.
Do not pass up on this movie just because everyone is hating or because everyone is being a butt-loving fanboy. Go, watch, enjoy, and formulate what you think. In my opinion this film is WAY above what the critics are giving it.
The Beauty of Repeating History
The story of Star Wars is one that many love and cherish across the generations. For each generation, it differs. Having been raised watching the original trilogy and then witnessing the second trilogy's release, I feel that I can only supply an opinion that could generally apply to my generation (as opposed to those who saw the originals in theaters or those born around the time of the second trilogy, etc.)
My first viewing of the Force Awakens upset me. It seemed to avoid character depth for Kylo Ren, allowed Rey access to the Force far to easily, and left to much of Abrams fingerprint. Also I raised the question, "Why is this so repetitive of the originals?"
Besides these problems (and some minor issues) I found the film beautiful in cinematography and its desire to stick to fundamental graphics as opposed to tons of CGI.
I had the opportunity to see it a second time and decided to go in seeking to discern what the true aim of the newest installments could be. I also had gone back and re-watched the first three (IV, V, & VI).
It made all the difference. After watching it, I asked my father what he thought. He said, "I loved and hated it, but I appreciated how they portrayed that history repeats itself."
That was it. It's not a remake, and while it may be out to please, it doesn't seek to satisfy is with what we've already seen before. It's telling us that across the ages, in fiction and reality, there has always been good and there has always been evil. And while The Force Awakens fails to give a gray area at times, it shows the majesty of how the lives we live are not all that different from those before us, that there is something we all can share young and old.
When Han steps out before his son and yells out his true name, I got chills, both times. The meaning behind it, naming his son after Kenobi is palpable. Not only that, his son has taken the mantle of Vader, who killed Kenobi. And unwittingly, Solo took the place of Ben at the last moment.
History repeats itself. This may be disdained by some viewers in its apparent "lack of originality", but is that the point? Or is there a secret aim that is truly original?
We can only know by continuing the journey that lies ahead. May the force be with the future cast and directors of these films. Our opinions are in your hands.